This is the freestyle poetry full length album of spoken word I (Bobby Fishkin), created with Rashaud Hannah when he and I stayed up all night after my plane had an emergency landing on November Twenty Seventh of 2011. I was on my way back from Thanksgiving via JFK to San Francisco when early in the flight, our plane filled with fumes and the engine felt like it was starting to give out, seeming to turn off and on. A motor started giving out and and all of the the electricity inside cut out and the pilot said "we don't know what is wrong with the plane so we need to land in 8 minutes". The passenger next to me whom I had not spoken to the whole flight said something to the effect of he thought the odds of our survival were not better than fifty-fifty in his estimation.
So once we had landed and I realized I was there overnight Rashaud drove to Buffalo from Rochester, and adrenalized up, I recorded this with him all night. The album is also recorded in loving memory of Ilya Zhitomirskiy (1989 – 2011) who had died less than two weeks earlier. The experience got me partially focused on a quote of his, "begin with love, and proceed analytically from there".
We recorded roughly half in the car back from the airport to Rochester (1-12), and roughly half at his apartment (13). The part at his apartment has a much cleaner sound quality as we recorded it on his laptop rather than in the moving car during the rain storm.
In a sense, this represents a systematic philosophic spoken word thesis about the organization, governance, and potential alternative history of the self. It covers topics like how do we handle illegal immigration into the civilization within ourself without becoming an apartheid state within. It works through some of the challenges we grapple with when we appreciate the world from multiple distinct perspectives. It identifies a path to seeing the world and our narrative within the world with a depth perception that might be called parallax. It addresses some of the challenges created by overly-unitary models of the self. I consider it a functioning and self-loving operating system of knowledge.
This has been released via soundcloud.com with a Creative Commons Attribution (i.e. let us know you use it and label it as such, but that folks (including any of yall) can remix the materials as they like).
Let me know what you think.
I also started a Facebook Page for Intrapersonal Cartography: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Intrapersonal-Cartography/183656701740390?skip_nax_wizard=true
Below are samples from Intrapersonal Cartography. These are good in order to jump in and get to interesting portions of the overall piece. There is a full un-abridged 70 minute version of Intrapersonal Cartography with complete transcript below this.